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2009 Award
Joobles
(fair indigo $25 Score:)

Adorable cotton handknit critters are about 12 long and made of organic cotton in a co-op in Peru. These are soft to the touch and whimsical huggables with stitched features. Check out their website for matching baby clothing. Purchase provides vital jobs to Peruvian workers and free breakfast to kids in their community. Choose from a monkey, spotted giraffe, puppy, cow, buzzy bug, bear or cat. In late summer three new Joobles, a green frog, a blue racoon with brown mask, and a pink spotted cat were introduced. There are no bad choices. They are all adorable! All ages.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Wash & String Beads
(Alex $16 Score:)

Twelve colorful wooden beads in the shape of clothing that preschoolers can string on a line. The string comes with a wooden dowel that makes it easier to thread through the beads. This kind of action develops fine motor skills of little hands as well as eye hand coordination. The various clothes also can expand vocabulary as kids identify pants, shirts, blouses, bathing suit. Playing pieces are good for pretend as well as counting. 3& up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP IDEA:  Stringing threads through these wooden clothing shapes helps children develop fine motor skills as well as eye hand coordination. As they handle these wooden shapes you might want to use them to play a riddle game of “I’m thinking of something…” for example “I’m thinking of something that goes inside of shoes, they come in twos…they rhyme with rocks.” Yes, you found the socks. Or how about I’m thinking of something that has lots of dots, it is worn by girls, it rhymes with yes.” You found the dress! Or simply play a game of matching colors…”I spy two things that are yellow and pink…can you find them?” Knowing and naming the clothes is another way to reinforce vocabulary.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Maxi Kick Scooter
(Kickboard USA $149 Score:)

The Maxi Scooter is designed for kids ages 6-10. Based on the 3-wheel design of the Mini Scooter, the Maxi is the Mini's big sister and big brother, designed for bigger kids. It is - bigger, cooler, tougher, stronger for the action it is sure to get. Our testers like the convertible handle that can be used upright, like a joy stick or sideways in the traditional style. Available in black or purple. 6 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Ring-o Flamingo
(Gamewright $20 Score:)

Our testers thought this was was "fun" and really "different". Parent testers thought the directions were clear and the start up time was very quick. The game design is, in fact, unique. You take the pink flamingoes and alligator play pieces and lock them into the board. Each player is given a life boat with color coded lifesavers on them. The idea is to save the flamingoes from the alligators--and you do this by flinging your life savers off your boat and onto the game board. The more flamingoes you save, the more points you get. This is a fast-paced game that will be enjoyed by kids and grown ups. We found the best place to play this game was on the floor. You need to move your boats back from the board in order to capture the flamingoes. It's like a board game edition of ring toss--but here everyone is tossing at the same time.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Mary Meyer Colours Taggie Caterpillar
(Mary Meyer $16.95 Score:)

A colorful 13” soft caterpillar with stitched features, yellow head with orange antennae, and multi-colored polka-dotted body, each segment of the this caterpillar is accented with colorful satin and grosgrain ribbon taggies. All ages. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Mary Meyer Colours Tiger and Blue Zebra
(Mary Meyer $16.95 Score:)

Soft and easy to hug, choose the blue striped floppy zebra with ribbon taggies on the mane and tail. Or bring home the smushy orange polka-dotted tiger cat with green paws, and tummy. You ever saw a gentler looking tiger! This too has ribbon taggies of satin and grosgrain in various colors and patterns for visual and tactile explorations. You won't go wrong with either of these 10" huggables. All ages. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Lamaze Busy Bug
(Learning Curve International $18 Score:)

Clap this suction cup toy on the feeding table and get ready for easy action. Baby can bat at the bug or pull it to make it shake. It has small rings and beads that rattle and move adding sound, color and items to manipulate. Since they are tethered down they are safe enough for baby’s little fingers to explore. The jolly green bug head with two yellow antennae wears a friendly big smile. We thought this might be top heavy and not stand up to typical play. But its base is broad without taking up tons of room on the feeding table. 6 months & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Kids Preferred Peter Rabbit Waggies Musical
(Kids Preferred $24.99 Score:)

Peter Rabbit is all done up in his blue jacket with textured velour and stitched brass buttons, his long ears sit above a face done with stitched features and he's clutching a bright orange carrot. Wind him up and he plays Brahms Lullaby while his head moves slowly. Put him on his tummy for best balance and easier to see motion. Also available a Mama Rabbit sans music. She's more of a collector's item. Peter also comes as a hand puppet that is ideal for tracking games and for older sibs to use with baby.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Kids Preferred Peter and Jemima Rattles
(Kids Preferred $7.99 Score:)

Perfect for tracking and for little hands to clutch later, these soft rattles have a quiet sound, a lovely feel, and a lovable look. Features are stitched for safety and they have interesting textures. The velour covering is has both a smooth and waffled textured and trims of cotton knit. Designed for infants, these will be a hit with older siblings who know the stories of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Kids Preferred Peter Rabbit Hand Puppet
(Kids Preferred $15 Score:)

A silky plush Peter Rabbit with velour blue jacket with stitched gold buttons and safe stitched features. Soft enough to be a huggable, this has the added value of being a hand puppet that older sibs and parents can use for peek-a-boo games with baby or telling a story. From tracking to story telling, this is a great toy for interacting, language development and pretend play. All ages.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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